Pinehurst Interviews Archive

Gary Player in His Words: Pinehurst’s Grand History

On his recent visit to Pinehurst, the great Gary Player took a few moments to tell us about his history with Pinehurst, what moves him most when he comes to the Cradle of American Golf (hint, it’s not the golf; it’s the people), and the true passions in his life.

Of course, we did talk some golf, including Mr. Player’s memories of Payne Stewart’s triumph at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and got to watch him do what he does best – recover from a bunker.

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PGA Tour Radio’s “Fairways of Life” at Pinehurst

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Matt Adams’s early morning view at Pinehurst during his broadcast of SiriusXM’s “Fairways of Life” on the PGA Tour Network.

In case you missed the interviews from Matt Adams’s first day of bringing his popular SiriusXM Radio show “Fairways of Life” from Pinehurst, below are interviews with Pinehurst Executive Vice President Tom Pashley, who will take over as Pinehurst president in October, USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., and Pinehurst Content and Social Media Manager Alex Podlogar.

 

USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA PRESIDENT THOMAS J. O’TOOLE JR.

 

PINEHURST EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT TOM PASHLEY (2 parts)

 

 

ALEX PODLOGAR, PINEHURST CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

 

Also, if you hurry, you may still enter Thursday’s Twitter contest until this evening:


 

 

 

 

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VIDEO: Gary Player reflects on Payne Stewart’s legacy

We didn’t ask Gary Player about Payne Stewart and the remarkable 1999 U.S. Open.

Instead, Mr. Player, the 1966 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, insisted he be allowed a few moments to reflect on Stewart’s lasting legacy at Pinehurst. What a gesture made in the name of the 2014 Bob Jones Award honoree, Payne Stewart. 

And then later, Mr. Player called his shot…

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Pinehurst’s Bob Farren talks shop on “Morning Drive”

Pinehurst Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance Bob Farren appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Feb. 6 to discuss famed Pinehurst No. 2* as he and his team ready for the 2014 U.S. Opens.

*As an aside, unfortunately the video used by Golf Channel for the segment is a little dated. Here’s how the 18th green looks today – after the $3.8 million clubhouse renovation:

Pinehurst No. 2 18th Hole

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Michelle Wie Previews the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

One to always move the needle, golf star Michelle Wie appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Thursday, and spent a good portion of an expansive interview chatting with hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rhymer about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here are a few of Wie’s comments about the Open at Pinehurst, which will be played the week following the men’s U.S. Open on No. 2 – the first such occurrence in U.S. Open history.

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It’s an experiment Wie seems very much excited to be a part of – similar to some of the other big names on the LPGA Tour:

“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*

*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.

When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie

“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”

Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:

“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our  event, which is a definite plus for us.”

Will she take notes from the men the week before?

“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)

Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?

“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)

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